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Dunwoody Pines Independent Living Community Gives 5 Tips for a Healthy Holiday Season

The holiday season isn’t the time when most people think about their health. Most would likely do the opposite, they’re more likely to throw caution to the wind, leaving their health considerations for January’s resolutions. But the holidays can be even more enjoyable with a few simple strategies to stay healthy throughout the holiday season.

Ensure You’re Getting Adequate Sleep

The holidays are so full of events and invitations that it can be impossible to attend everything. And then there are all of the other added holiday responsibilities: shopping, wrapping, cooking, writing cards, and more. With all of the extra tasks on your to-do list, you may be tempted to stay up later or get up earlier to get everything done. But remember that you’ll be more productive, happier, and healthier with a proper amount of sleep. Ensure that you’re getting an adequate amount of sleep—the recommended 7-8 hours if you can—as consistently as possible throughout the holidays.

Enjoy Treats, but Stick to Your Dietary Restrictions

Many of our holiday traditions are centered around food. And we look forward to our favorite holiday dishes and special treats every single year. But over-indulging can lead to stomachaches, bloating, headaches, or the dreaded “food coma.” To stay as healthy as possible throughout the entire season, stick to any dietary restrictions you may have. While it can be difficult to pass up the holiday treats, keeping healthy snacks like fruits and vegetables readily available can help. If you think you’ll be tempted to over-indulge, have a small healthy meal prior to attending that holiday party.

Turn Down the Stress

It can be exhausting to be in charge of the holiday meal every year. Cleaning the house and cooking for a crowd are holiday traditions that you can feel good about passing down to the next generation. Give another family member or friend a chance to shine as host, while you bring your famous holiday dish to the gathering. And while you’re at it, teach the younger members of your group some responsibility by having them help with the dishes.

Stay Hydrated

There are plenty of festive drinks to enjoy throughout the holidays, from eggnog to hot chocolate to fancy cocktails. But before you fill your cup with something sweet, remember to drink plenty of water. Staying hydrated is an important part of feeling your best, and sugary drinks and cocktails just don’t do the trick. An easy way to remember to drink plenty of water is to fill up a reusable water bottle and keep it with you. You’re more likely to drink the water if it’s in front of you. If you prefer a drink with a little flavor, add a squeeze of lemon, some mint, or some sliced cucumber to your water bottle for a spa-like touch.

Rest After Holiday Travel or Visitors

When you haven’t seen your family or friends for a while, you may be tempted to pack your holiday schedule full of as many activities as possible. But trying to visit with everyone, invite everyone over, and travel all across the country or even the globe could leave you exhausted. Instead of cramming your schedule full of every possible activity, be sure to leave some time to rest after traveling or visiting with friends and family.

With just these few tools in your back pocket, you can avoid some of the common health and wellness pitfalls of the holiday season. Enjoy your favorite holiday traditions without sacrificing your health this year!

To learn more about residency or to schedule a tour of Dunwoody Pines today, contact our friendly team.

Copper Canyon Gives Residents The Opportunity to Enjoy The Holidays With Their Friends and Family

If you have a loved one who lives in an assisted living or memory care community, you may be trying to figure out how to coordinate your holiday celebration to include the entire family. But it’s easier than you think to bring holiday joy to your loved ones. These five tips from Copper Canyon Assisted Living and Memory Care community will help you plan the perfect celebration for your loved one.

Bring Your Loved One’s Favorite Holiday Foods

A lot of our favorite holiday traditions involve food. Whether it’s Aunt Nancy’s green bean casserole or Cousin Sandy’s famous holiday cookies, one taste of a traditional family recipe can turn any get-together into a holiday party. Check with your loved one’s community to see if it is possible to bring them some holiday food or treats. The special family recipes or even your loved one’s store-bought holiday favorites will let them know you’re thinking of them. Be sure that any food you bring meets your loved one’s dietary restrictions, and try to modify any recipes to meet their needs.

Offer to Do Holiday Shopping for Them

Your loved one may not be able to leave their community on their own to do their holiday shopping. But that doesn’t mean they don’t want to participate in the gift-giving! Offering to do some holiday shopping for your loved one can make them feel like they’re fully participating in the holiday. Ask if you can help them purchase gifts for their friends and family, and then bring the gifts to their community to help them wrap them up. They’ll love being able to experience the best part of the holiday season—the joy of giving.

Bring the Whole Family

The holiday season is all about spending time with family and friends. Your loved one will love seeing everyone together, especially if there are any new babies they haven’t met or growing children they haven’t seen since they sprouted up in height. Before you plan a big family visit, remember to do the following:

  • Check with your loved one’s community to ensure that you’re following any rules about visitors. Make sure you know the community’s visiting hours and limits they have on the number of visitors if any.
  • Update the visiting family and friends about your loved one’s condition before the visit. Familiarize them with any changes to your loved one’s needs, and let them know how they can make the visit as positive as possible for everyone.

Collect Gifts and Holiday Cards

Let your loved one’s friends and family know that you’re collecting gifts and holiday cards to give to them. Your loved one will enjoy seeing the cards displayed in their room and opening holiday gifts. Give everyone ideas for appropriate gifts, such as comfortable clothing, a cozy robe, favorite treats, photo albums, or recordings of favorite movies and music. Advise everyone specifically against certain gifts that would be inappropriate or dangerous for your loved one.

Celebrate with the Entire Community

Your loved one has probably made new friends at their community, and they’d love for them to be a part of your holiday celebration. Ask if you can share your family recipes, watch a holiday movie, or sing holiday songs with other residents and staff. Including your loved one’s new friends will make them feel at home and will spread the holiday joy.

While the holidays may not be exactly the same as they used to be, there are plenty of ways to involve your loved one who lives in a retirement community. Use these tips to ensure that everyone has a happy holiday season.

To learn more about residency or to schedule a tour of Copper Canyon today, contact our friendly team.

A Few Changes to Your Holiday Plans Can Ensure Everyone Can Celebrate

When the time has come when your loved one has transitioned to assisted living or memory care, it becomes obvious that they can’t celebrate the holidays the way they used to. But that doesn’t mean you have to scrap your holiday plans altogether. With some simple changes, everyone can enjoy the holiday season with the people they care about most.

Make Plans to Celebrate With Your Loved One

Depending on your loved one’s condition and preferences, they may be able to participate in various holiday celebrations. It’s important to talk to your loved one’s doctors, nurses, and caregivers to determine what type of celebration would be most appropriate.

For example, if your loved one needs only personal care or daily assistance, and you are confident that you can manage their condition, you may speak with their caregivers to see if they can join the family at home for the holiday festivities. And don’t forget to discuss your plans with your loved one to see if they actually feel up to attending, even if it’s only for a few hours. If your loved one is concerned about being taken care of, reassure them that you are well able to fulfill their needs and that the entire family is looking forward to seeing them.

If your loved one needs memory care, however, taking them home for the holidays may not be the best option. Disrupting their environment and their routine may cause unnecessary stress and disorientation. Speak with their caregivers to find out whether they enjoy and can participate in festive events, or whether they would prefer a smaller, more intimate get-together at their memory care community.

Don’t Skip the Holiday

When your loved one doesn’t seem to know or care that the holidays are approaching, you may be tempted to skip the holiday celebration and stick to your normal visiting routine. But even if they don’t care about the holidays, your loved one would still love to visit with their family and friends. If their community allows a few guests at a time and your loved one does well in medium or even larger gatherings, consider bringing the celebration to them! Plan a group visit with other family members to bring the holiday joy to your loved one and their neighbors in the community. If your loved one prefers a quieter celebration, you may consider splitting up the family visits into smaller, more manageable groups that they will enjoy. And for family living far away, you can arrange video calls so everyone can chat for the holidays.

Plan Appropriate Gifts and Activities

Once again, the intensity of your holiday celebration will depend on your loved one’s needs and preferences. Some people enjoy holiday lights, music, and decorations. Others may become agitated or disoriented by these things. Some activities you could try include watching holiday movies, singing holiday songs, and admiring holiday lights and decorations. You can even include your loved one’s new friends from their community!

Be sure to speak with your loved one’s family and friends to ensure that any gifts for your loved one are appropriate. Comfortable clothes, photo albums, and recordings of favorite music or movies are all great ideas. Advice specifically against any gifts that may be inappropriate or dangerous, because things that your loved one used to enjoy may not be appropriate for their current needs.

At a memory care or assisted living community, a few simple adjustments can be the difference between a frustrating holiday and an enjoyable one. Use these tips to make sure everyone has an amazing holiday season.

To learn more about residency or to schedule a tour of Marshall Pines today, contact our friendly team.

Stone Valley Can Give Your Loved One Top-notch Care While you Travel for the Holidays

It’s common knowledge, to the point of comedy, that holiday travel can be stressful. Choosing your travel dates, packing up your family’s belongings, dealing with airports and highways, and checking your gift list twice are all frustrating enough without adding the worry of caring for your loved one who is unable to travel with you.

If you are the primary caregiver for a loved one who is unable to travel for the holidays like they used to, you may think you have to cancel your own plans to care for them. But caregivers, don’t call the airlines to cancel just yet (although those late-booking passengers who couldn’t get tickets would love it if you did). The short term and respite care at Stone Valley Assisted Living and Memory Care in Reno, Nevada, can provide your loved one with top-notch care while you travel this holiday season.

Why Choose Short-Term Care?

It is normal to feel torn about holiday plans when you care for a loved one who simply cannot travel with you for the holidays. You want to enjoy the holidays with your friends and family who live far away, who you get to see only a few times per year. But you also know that nobody can care for your loved one like you do—well, almost nobody.

The professional, caring staff at Stone Valley has the perfect solution. Whether you’re going away on business, planning a vacation, or simply need a break from caregiving, respite care at Stone Valley is the perfect solution for providing your loved one with the Person-Centered Care that they need. The community’s safe, nurturing environment and professional staff will support the wellness needs of your loved one while you travel to see your friends and family this holiday season.

While you’re gone, your loved one can rest and enjoy socializing with team members and other residents. And you’ll have peace of mind knowing each suite features its own emergency response system, and that the Stone Valley staff is available 24/7 to assist your loved ones with every one of their needs.

Your Loved One Will Enjoy a Safe, Relaxing Holiday

Stone Valley not only offers caring staff around the clock, but your loved one will also enjoy the community’s amenities, just like the residents. It’s easy to become spoiled with the 24/7 dining program. Your loved one will enjoy gourmet food prepared from the freshest ingredients by the Executive Chef, any time of day or night. The chef is trained and happy to accommodate guests with dietary needs due to various health restrictions, such as low gluten and sugar-free diets, and much more.

They will also be able to enjoy the community’s indoor and outdoor common areas (weather permitting, of course). The community’s many secured walking paths and well-tended, enclosed gardens encourage a daily stroll. Your loved one can feel safe while enjoying the outdoor environment with a patio that features comfortable benches and beautiful views.

Stone Valley also offers specialized memory care programming and activities well-suited for your loved one’s needs. They can participate in mental and physical activities that support their wellness and entertainment, such as armchair yoga, crafting, and movie showings.

With all of the amenities and activities available, you can be confident that your loved one will be well cared for and happy while you travel for the holidays. They may even have a more relaxing holiday than you do!

To learn more about short-term stays, respite stays, or residency, or to schedule a tour of Stone Valley today, contact our friendly team.

Hammond Glen Retirement Community Offers Daily Assistance and Personal Care for Residents, All in a Luxury Environment

Perhaps the time has come when you’re looking for an assisted living facility for your loved one. Maybe the normal activities of daily living have become challenging, and you’d like for them to live in a safe environment with 24/7 assistance.

If that’s what you’re looking for, a personal care community like Hammond Glen Retirement Community in Sandy Springs, Georgia, maybe just the ticket.

What is the difference between assisted living and personal care?

Assisted living communities offer their residents assistance with the normal activities of daily living, such as oral care, dressing, bathing, meal preparation, medication administration, and housekeeping. Hammond Glen offers very similar services; the community provides options for health monitoring, medication management, as well as assistance with dressing, bathing, grooming, and oral care. In addition, many insurance plans cover personal care.

Your loved one will be a part of a vibrant, warm community

Hammond Glen offers a Person-Centered Care approach that focuses on their residents’ needs. And their Active Living Programs allow residents to live life to their fullest capability. The community’s residents feel at home in because the community’s approach is based on the residents’ lifetime routine.

In addition, the community’s Executive Director understands that residents want peace of mind at their new community. Therefore, the community maintains an on-site staff 7 days a week, 24/7 to assist residents with any questions or problems they may have. The community also offers onsite physical therapy and caregiving services if the need arises. Plus, each resident can opt-in to the safety pendant program for an additional level of peace of mind.

The community also offers incredible activities that your loved one will enjoy. A monthly calendar of physical and mental activities will keep your loved one entertained and meeting new friends. Hammond Glen makes every day special for residents, planning a full calendar of outings, live entertainment, and wellness programming for each month. For example, your loved one can enjoy the community’s weekly ice cream social, trivia, and movie screenings with their new neighbors.

Surround your loved one with luxury amenities

The superior care that the community gives to residents starts before they even move in. Hammond Glen’s Easy-Move Program lessens the strain associated with moving so that residents can transition to their new community with ease. Caring and dedicated staff are available to assist in matters such as real estate, financial services, moving professionals, veteran assistance, and more.

Once your loved one moves in, Hammond Glen provides a wealth of benefits as part of their monthly rent, including weekly housekeeping, on-call apartment maintenance, all utilities (except residents’ personal telephone), free Wi-Fi throughout the building, and front desk concierge service.

And it’s easy to become spoiled with Hammond Glen’s 24/7 Dining experience. The community goes beyond all-day dining; residents can enjoy gourmet food prepared from the freshest ingredients by the Executive Chef and team of professionals any time of day or night. The chef is trained and happy to accommodate residents with dietary needs due to various health restrictions, such as low gluten and sugar-free diets, and much more.

Hammond Glen also offers a unique ‘50’s retro malt shop, movie theater, fitness center, library, dance floor/stage, computer room, Sports Zone, country store, resident gardens, and the Lanai, which includes a waterfall, fish pond, and fire pit.

With so many options available when you’re looking for assisted living communities in Sandy Springs, why not give your loved one a taste of luxury with the Personal Care services at Hammond Glen?

To learn more about residency or to schedule a tour of Hammond Glen today, contact our friendly team.

Yes, You Can Get Back Up Again

If you’ve watched a fair amount of television over the past 30 years or so, chances are you’ve seen the Life Alert® commercial with the elderly woman lying on the floor who cries, “Help! I’ve fallen and I can’t get up!” Maybe you’ve even chuckled at the actress’s melodramatic performance. But once you’ve gotten older and experienced a sudden fall when no one else is around for yourself, you know it’s no laughing matter.

In the second of our series on avoiding and recovering from falls, we take a close look at what aging adults can do to help get themselves or someone else up off the floor and do a quick damage assessment.

If You Should Fall

Let’s say the unthinkable happens. You’re carrying a large box of photos to work on a scrapbook. You trip over unseen cat or a misplaced throw rug. Next thing you know, you’re in a heap on the floor and help is nowhere in sight. Here’s what to do:

  • Remain calm and assess your physical well-being.
  • Can you get up? Do you feel pain if you try?
  • Stay down as long as it takes to assess your condition, and do not make any overly strenuous or sudden movements.

When you’re ready to get up, follow these steps:

  • Lie down on your side. Bend your top leg and lift your upper body into position resting on your elbow.
  • Pull your body toward a sturdy stationary object. Drag yourself up into a kneeling position while using your hands to pull yourself up.
  • Put your strong leg in front of your body while you are holding the stationary object.
  • Stand up. Check to see if you are bleeding or feel excessive pain that may suggest a broken bone.
  • If you are near a chair, turn, sit down, and call for assistance. A video that clearly demonstrates these movements and other get-yourself-up techniques are available here.

If you cannot get up or fall back down, follow these steps:

  • If you think you can be heard, call out for help.
  • If you can reach your cell phone without straining yourself, or if you have a fall-prevention lanyard, use it to call for assistance.
  • If you do not have your cell phone or an emergency call device on hand, slide yourself to the nearest phone or bench.
  • Make as much noise as possible to draw attention to yourself. Use your walking implement if you have one.
  • Get as comfortable as possible and wait for help.

If Your Friend or Loved One Falls

If you’re with a person who has fallen and you cannot get them up by yourself, call for medical assistance, and then administer first aid without moving them. If you do not know first aid, make sure the person is as comfortable as possible until professional medical assistance arrives. Pay special attention to the joints in case something has broken.

If the person who has fallen can get up, help them by bringing a chair. Then follow the five steps listed above for getting yourself up in the section titled, “If You Should Fall.”

Getting Help

Whether you are the victim of a fall or the “first responder” on the scene, you should never underestimate the gravity of a fall for an older adult. Do not assume that just because no after-effects are readily apparent that there are none.

If any of the following things seem to follow as a result of a fall, call a doctor immediately:

  • Any visually apparent injury or lingering pain.
  • Weakness,dizziness or nausea.
  • Drowsiness or loss of consciousness.
  • Headaches or vision problems.

These symptoms may appear immediately after a fall or they could take a few days to

Any elder adult who is at risk of falling should have a charged cell phone in an easily accessible place. However, having an emergency fall device is even better. These devices have only one function—summoning professional medical help immediately. They also have a much longer battery life and are much easier for many older adults to use. Some of these devices may even be connected to insurance programs that can help pay for the equipment.

We hope some of these ideas will keep you or a loved one from spending some unpleasant hours alone on the floor or ground with no access to food, water or a bathroom. Stay tuned for the third and final installment in this series where we look at how to regain strength and confidence when not breaking your fall ends up damaging part of your body.

First published on Sunshine Retirement Living, October, 2019. Some content was provided by mayoclinic.org and aging.com

Creekside Oaks Residents Soak Up a “Spooktacular” October

For most of the year, Sunshine Retirement’s Creekside Oaks community in Folsom, California is as peaceful and bucolic as the name suggests. But for several days in October, it becomes more like “Creepyside Oaks,”

“I think our residents are a lot like other Sunshine residents,” said Creekside Oaks’ new Life Enrichment Director (LED) Jamie Hook. “When fall arrives, they get excited about the holidays and none more so than Halloween. We go all out just like Christmas.”

With black cats, skeletons and witches galore adding a spooky atmosphere to the common areas, Creekside Oaks residents got in the spirit of the fall festivities by paying a visit to Zittel Farms out in the countryside. Under glorious sunny skies, they checked out the corn maze, dropped by the petting zoo, and picked out pumpkins from the pumpkin patch. The following day, the pumpkins became the subject of a craft project, getting decorated with glitter glue and colored sharpie pens.

Jamie also arranged an outing to Snook’s Chocolate Factory, a Folsom institution since 1963. In addition to candy corn, residents got to fill their goodie bags with treats like peanut brittle, honeycomb candy, truffles, and fudge rocky road toffee.

Starting last Sunday, Jamie also began getting everyone in the mood for All Hallow’s Eve with daily thriller movies, including “Carrie,” “The Haunting in Connecticut,” “Rosemary’s Baby” and “Hocus Pocus.” To make sure things didn’t get too scary, she also arranged a Halloween party on October 30 for the residents’ grandchildren, children of staff members, and kids from the community. One of the highlights of the party was the Dog Costume Contest, which pitted several four-legged friends against each other in haunting regalia. And the kids got to go trick-or-treating down the hallways.

“I included a pet costume contest because we have had such a great turn out on Wednesdays for pet therapy with the Pow Wow Dog Group,” said Jamie. “I asked the owners if they were up for it, and they were excited because they had planned to dress their dogs up anyway.”

All of these festivities led up to Creekside Oaks own Halloween Party in the Activity Room and the Atrium on the afternoon of October 31, featuring a costume contest for residents.

“I have two costumes and I’m not going to tell you what they are,” said resident Josephine Caleca. “It’s a surprise!”

Surprises. Crafts. Candy. Crazy costumed pets. What’s not to like about October at Creepyside, er, Creekside Oaks? Just wait till you see what they have in store for November!

First published on Sunshine Retirement Living, October 2019.

Belleview Heights Offers Top-Notch Memory Care Programming And Luxury Amenities

When a loved one is diagnosed with dementia or Alzheimer’s, families may experience stress or become overwhelmed when trying to find and provide the very best care for them. But, thanks to Belleview Heights, the search is over. The Aurora, Colorado Assisted Living and Memory Care facility offers Person-centered care and programming to support residents while providing their families with unmatched peace of mind.

Residents Receive Research-Backed Support

Belleview Heights’ Alzheimer’s, Memory Care, and Transitional Care programs are designed to nurture the physical, social, spiritual, cognitive, and emotional needs of all residents. The community’s programming is built on the research-backed six “Sunshine Pillars of Wellness.” That means each resident can receive not only assistance with the regular activities of daily life, but also support in the following areas: physical engagement, social connections, spiritual support, intellectual discovery, sensory stimulation, and emotional expression.

The resident can also participate in a full calendar of social, physical, and mental activities. A certified Life Enrichment Director leads the community in engaging daily activities, weekly on-site social events, and fun cultural excursions as part of a researched-backed health and wellness program. Residents can enjoy programs such as music therapy, aromatherapy, validation techniques, health and wellness activities, and life skills stations.

Everything is designed to support memory care residents, even down to the dining program. The daily menu incorporates foods from the Rush University Medical Center MIND diet, which fosters brain health. Entrees are served on colored plates to stimulate appetite, and a server greets each resident individually with multiple daily menu choices. The MIND diet, in conjunction with the community’s many Memory Care programs, is intended to help hold off memory issues for as long as possible.

Families Will Never Have to Worry About Loved Ones

At Belleview Heights, your loved one will never be alone. The community’s staff includes an experienced Executive Director, a licensed Director of Nursing, a licensed Memory Care Director, and a certified Life Enrichment Director. Professional staff are available 24/7 to assist residents.

And everything from the community’s grounds to the residents’ apartments are designed with residents’ safety and comfort in mind. Belleview Heights, seniors’ living spaces are specifically designed to alleviate these concerns. Apartments are designed with consistent, flat flooring, accessible bathroom safety features, and safety pull cords to keep residents safe and comfortable. Residents also wear location-based pendants to provide their loved ones with peace of mind. And the community grounds are designed to be both safe and secure as well as conducive to residents living a full, engaged life.

Short-term and Respite Stays Available

Whether families are going away on business, planning a vacation, or simply need a break from caregiving, respite care at Belleview Heights is the perfect solution for providing loved ones with Person-Centered Care and their families or caregivers with complete peace of mind. The community’s safe, nurturing environment with professional staff is the perfect place for a temporary stay. Your loved one can enjoy all of Belleview Heights amenities, and caregivers will have peace of mind knowing that their loved ones are in capable of experienced hands.

To learn more about residency or to schedule a tour of Belleview Heights today, contact our friendly team.

Caleo Bay Offers Research-Backed Memory Care Programming And Amenities

Everyone wants the best for their loved ones, especially when their loved ones need special care. And when your loved one requires memory care, it is easy to become overwhelmed with all of the options available. Luckily, Caleo Bay Assisted Living and Memory Care Community in La Quinta, California, provides extensive, personalized memory care programming for their residents, all backed by research and focused on their residents.

Specialized Memory Care Programming

Caleo Bay’s Alzheimer’s, Memory Care, and Transitional Care programs are designed to nurture the physical, social, spiritual, cognitive, and emotional needs of all residents. The community’s programming is built on the six “Sunshine Pillars of Wellness.” That means each resident can receive not only assistance with the regular activities of daily life, but also support in the following areas: physical engagement, social connections, spiritual support, intellectual discovery, sensory stimulation, and emotional expression.

The community certified Life Enrichment Director also leads to engaging daily activities, weekly on-site social events, and fun cultural excursions as part of a researched-backed health and wellness program. Residents can enjoy programs such as music therapy, aromatherapy, validation techniques, health and wellness activities, and life skills stations.

Even the dining program is designed for the particular needs of memory care residents. Caleo Bay’sdaily menu incorporates foods from the Rush University Medical Center MIND diet, which fosters brain health. Entrees are served on colored plates to stimulate appetite, and a server greets each resident individually with multiple daily menu choices. The MIND diet, in conjunction with the community’s many Memory Care programs, is intended to help hold off memory issues for as long as possible.

Thoughtful Community Design

At Caleo Bay, everything from the community’s grounds to the residents’ apartments are designed with residents’ safety and comfort in mind.

For memory care patients, the average home or apartment presents safety concerns. Conditions like dementia or other memory concerns may affect a person’s spatial awareness and balance, meaning that everyday home features become much more dangerous. Normal items such as throw rugs, kitchen appliances, differences in flooring or elevation, and showers without safety features such as handrails, could cause accidents.

And while it is possible to modify the home to limit these risks, at Caleo Bay, seniors’ living spaces are specifically designed to alleviate these concerns. Apartments are designed with consistent, flat flooring, accessible bathroom safety features, and safety pull cords to keep residents safe and comfortable. Residents also wear location-based pendants to provide their loved ones with peace of mind. And the community grounds are designed to be both safe and secure as well as conducive to residents living a full, engaged life.

24/7 Access to Experienced and Dedicated Staff

At Caleo Bay, your loved one will never be alone, which means you’ll have complete peace of mind. The community’s staff includes an experienced executive Director, a licensed Director of Nursing, a licensed Memory Care Director, and a certified Life Enrichment Director. Professional staff are available 24/7 to assist residents.

To learn more about residency or to schedule a tour of Caleo Bay today, contact our friendly team.

The Landing’s “Aunt Mina” Celebrates her 105Th Birthday in Grand Style

You can’t blame The Landing at Behrman Place for not having enough candles to put on Mina Kaiser’s birthday cake last week. After all, it’s not every day a resident turns 105. And by the time they could get all of those candles lit, it wouldn’t be her birthday anymore.

Of course, when you get to be Mina’s age, you’re entitled to extend the celebration somewhat, and that’s exactly what she did – celebrating with her nieces and nephews on the 22nd (her actual birthday) and partying with her fellow Sunshine residents the next day – both at The Landing.

That’s right. We said, “nieces and nephews,” not “children and grandchildren.” Although she was married to Russell Kaiser for more than 30 years, the couple never had children. But the children of her beloved sisters, Ruth (Thomann), Violet (Wertheimer), Ethel (Oechsner Howe) and Olga (Foley) treat Mina like their own mother, especially since she’s the last remaining survivor of the siblings.

Actually, all of the siblings were survivors in the true sense of the word. Ethel was the oldest of the Oeschner children, born in 1907 and Mina was the youngest of the five girls, born in 1914 – all of them in New Orleans. A younger brother named George was born in 1916. Sadly, their mother died during an influenza epidemic in 1917, but their father kept the family together with the help of his sister and the nuns at the Episcopal Girls Home.

As the girls came of age, they attended the Soule’ Business College in New Orleans, where they each learned a trade. Mina enjoyed sewing and studied to become a seamstress, which paved the way for a 35-year career in the lingerie department at Maison Blanche, a well-known department store on Canal Street. With no children to chase around, Mina stayed in shape walking back and forth to work, and she and her sisters loved to go fishing, crabbing and swimming on nearby Lake Pontchartrain.

The Storm of the Century

Fast forward to 2005: Mina, Violet and Ruth were widows and the last three remaining siblings of the family. They each lived in their own homes in the New Orleans area when Hurricane Katrina came through in August, destroying almost everything they owned. Mina was rescued by boat and evacuated to Florida. Thanks to the Red Cross, she was reunited with her sisters three weeks later. With literally no place to go, Mina and her two sisters found their way to The Landing in February of 2006, where they shared a two-bedroom apartment.

“The Golden Girls,” as they became known, loved living together at The Landing. It’s safe to say the food and activities were far more enjoyable than what they grew up with at the Episcopal Girls Home.

Eventually, Ruth passed away at the ripe age of 100 in 2009 and Violet succumbed just a month before her 100th birthday a couple of years later. Mina, however, just keeps on going with the help of her caregivers Joyce Williams and Sabrina Carney.

“Ms. Mina is a fighter,” says Joyce, who has taken care of Mina for the last five years. “She just takes it one day at a time, eats well and doesn’t take any medicine. She keeps up on things by reading the paper and watching TV.”

“It was great to have so many family members together at The Landing for Aunt Mina’s 105th,” said Christine Landry, Mina’s niece. “She didn’t dance like she did at her 100th birthday. But she loved the pork chop dinner, the Gentilly cake, the flowers, the balloons, and all the attention.”

In honor of her 105th birthday, the New Orleans City Council created a special proclamation for Aunt Mina. But having her at The Landing makes every day special for us.

First published on Sunshine Retirement Living, October, 2019.